Seven Sisters: White Cliffs on the South Coast.

DonDavisUK

London, United Kingdom

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The Seven Sisters East Sussex, Englan, UK.
As you can see in this view, the light has changed. This was happening constantly due to the high winds and many clouds, but I think that changing light makes for an interesting day.
Camera Nikon D700 with 28-300mm Lense.
ISO 100, 1/20th sec, f/20.0, 60mm. Tripod Mounted.


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Information about the Seven Sisters Below.


The Seven Sisters
The Seven Sisters are a series of chalk cliffs by the English Channel. They form part of the South Downs National Part in East Sussex, between the towns of Seaford and Eastbourne in southern England. They are within the Seven Sisters Country Park. They are the remnants of dry valleys in the chalk South Downs, which are gradually being eroded by the sea.
The Seven Sisters white cliffs are occasionally used in film and television as a stand-in for the more famous white cliffs of Dover, since they are relatively free of anachronistic modern development. They are also featured at the beginning of the film Robin Hood. Prince of Thieves, and at the end of the film Atonement where Robbie and Cecilia always wanted to live.
From west to east, the sequence starts just east of Cuckmere Haven. The cliff peaks and the dips between them are individually named. Listed below, the peaks are in italics. There are eight hills, not seven as one might expect; the ‘sisters’ are not metaphorical references to the hills but a literal reference to seven sisters who apparently each had a house between the hills. I’d love to find out more about these sisters if anyone knows?
Haven Brow (grid reference TV524976)
Short Bottom
Short Brow
Limekiln Bottom
Rough Brow
Rough Bottom
Brass Point
Gap Bottom
Flagstaff Point (continuing into Flagstaff Brow)
Flagstaff Bottom
Flat Hill
Flathill Bottom
Baily’s Hill
Michel Dean
Went Hill Brow (grid reference TV549963).
Just east of the last peak is Birling Gap, a wonderful place for photography and to enjoy the sea of course. Beyond, on the top of the next hill, is Belle Tout lighthouse and beyond that Beachy Head. A lighthouse in the sea marks the latter headland. I’ll be uploading more pics of Beachy Head shortly.
The South Downs Way runs along the edge of the cliffs, taking a very undulating course.
Many landmarks around the area are named after the cliffs, including the Seven Sisters Sheep Centre. Even here in London there is a Tube Station called Seven Sisters and who knows how many pubs are called the Seven Sisters. There are wards in hospitals called the Seven Sisters etc… Famous or what? Those Seven Sisters will live on forever, but I wonder who they really were.
In summer 2009, a landscape photograph of the cliffs was chosen as an official desktop wallpaper and included with the Microsoft operating system Windows 7 as part of the “United Kingdom” localised theme, unavailable (by default) to other locale systems. The image is very similar to and from the same viewpoint as the image displayed above. However, I’m a bit biased and I like mine better:-) LOL.

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